Above Ground Podcast #190: Chosen Reject

We don’t always recognize that our lived experience has meaning. Meaning to us, yes. But it can also benefit the betterment of mankind. That’s what peer work is. Using our lived experience to benefit others, should they need it. “Chosen reject” Phillip Fleming knows the power of peer support and hears its music. 

On this week’s Above Ground Podcast Episode 190, we are joined by Phillip Fleming for our first of two innerviews to celebrate Black History Month. Phillip is a member of the Board of Directors and a Peer Specialist at Fountain House, an ordained minister, and the Recording Secretary at New York Association of Black Psychologists. Phillip spreads his knowledge and, on the way out, drops the mic. 

Kurt Cobain shouted that the kids were the “chosen rejects,” and when Phillip first heard that, he knew he belonged somewhere. Phillip just needed to find his place. “You’re free to take off the label like you take off a coat!” says Phillip about the labels that stigma adorns us with. Taking off that coat allowed Phillip to discover who he was and create who he is. 

Thanks for listening to this week’s episode of Above Ground Podcast. This Saturday, Feb. 4, at 8 pm Will Foley is performing at the Fuze Box in Albany, supporting of Black Belt Jones, Psychomanteum, and Same Old Rat. $10 dollars at the door. A great heavy rock bill. Will should take the stage just after 8 pm. Come support local music. 

Sunday, March 5 at 6 pm, is the Never Underestimate the Power of You Discussion and Book Signing, celebrating the release of Tim’s book at The Sage’s Circle in Glenville. We will also be holding another Mental Health Peer Group on Sunday, Feb. 19 at 1 pm, back at the Sages Circle. 

Thanks for listening, get well, be safe, stay Above

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